Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Girl In The Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

Banished from her house after a scandal, Mariah Aubrey moves to her aunt's Gatehouse. She has been sent there by her father due to her indiscretion with a gentleman.

Her friend Miss Dixon goes with her too. After a few weeks, her aunt passes away and the stepson decides to charge Mariah rent. She is running out of funds and decides to sell her novels. She tells her publisher that she will be signing them under an assumed name -Lady A.

Her cousin rents the property to Captain Matthew Bryant. The Captain recently returns to England and is now rich. He wants to convince the lady whom he proposed marriage and turned him down years ago, now that he has money. When the Captain meets Mariah they become friends and later attracted to each other.

The characters are vibrant and several secondary storylines are attached together. Several mysteries are resolved at the end. I found myself smiling during certain scenes.

This is a Christian Lit.

3.5/5 Fangs


  1. Thankfully her distant Aunt understands more than Mariah might suspect and though contact has been tightly restricted by her father's command Mariah isn't totally alone. Due to the estate's neighborhood and the parish lack of facilities the gatehouse Mariah is granted for a residence faces the Parish children's home, poorhouse for those too young, infirm, or elderly to survive the forced labor of the workhouses of the day where most of those without financial support find themselves relegated.

  2. It is sad that she is sent to live apart from her family but in a way she re discovers herself and is able to make good friendships.